'''Publius Vergilius Maro''' (; October 15, 70 BC – September 21, 19 BC), usually called '''Virgil''' or '''Vergil''' in English, was an ancient Rome|ancient Roman
poet of the Augustan literature (ancient Rome)|Augustan period
. He is known for three major works of Latin literature
, the ''Eclogues
'' (or ''Bucolics''), the ''Georgics
'', and the Epic poetry|epic
''. A number of minor poems, collected in the ''Appendix Vergiliana
'', are sometimes attributed to him.
Virgil is traditionally ranked as one of Rome's greatest poets. His ''Aeneid'' has been considered the national epic
of ancient Rome from the time of its composition to the present day. Modeled after Homer
'' and ''Odyssey
'', the ''Aeneid'' follows the Trojan War|Trojan refugee Aeneas
as he struggles to fulfill his destiny and arrive on the shores of Italy—in Roman mythology
the founding act of...